March 25, 2022
Today’s reading: Matthew 20:1-16
Injustice or God’s grace?
We read in Matthew 20:1-16:
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’
9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.
11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’
13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
In Matthew 20:1-16, we read about the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.
This parable is quite interesting. While some people may read this story and think about how unfair God is, true believers should see this parable as a story of God’s grace and generosity.
We must not begrudge those people who turn to God in the last moment of life. We must not feel bitter or cheated when God works in people’s lives who were once lost.
In reality, all of us are lost and through Yahweh’s grace, we are found.
All of us don’t deserve eternal life, but because of grace, we are given the chance to salvation.
When an outcast and despised sinner accepts God’s grace and forgiveness, we must rejoice rather than be jealous.
Focus on what God’s grace has done in your life and be thankful that He extends the same grace to other sinners like you.
🔥 To learn more, I highly recommend you read, “What is So Amazing About Grace Anyway?“
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